Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now?
I look after people to ensure that they in turn are able to look after our clients.
What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?
My initial driver was, according to my parents, that I loved to argue, but what has kept me in the profession is a love of looking after people in tough times. What a very great privilege that is.
What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?
Inclusion, creativity, better outcomes (I stretched the number of words).
What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?
Courage. We need all people in the industry to, in all roles, to have the courage to speak up about things that might lead to them feeling excluded or on the outer, and we need our leaders to be humble enough to listen, and courageous enough to make the necessary changes.
Michelle is a Partner at Maddocks.